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The Potter County News office in Gettysburg will be closed on Monday, May 26 for the Memorial Day holiday.
Please have any news or advertising in the office by Friday at noon.
The News will be distributed on Wednesday as usual.

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Flags placed at cemeteries Friday

Flags are placed at the gravesites of veterans for Memorial Day. This year they will be placed beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 22, starting at the Gettysburg Cemetery.
The flags will be removed at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 25.
Volunteers are needed and appreciated to help on both days. Contact Laurel Lemler of Gettysburg for more information at phone number 435-704-1196.

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Golfers to State!

Three golfers are representing the Potter County golf team at the state tournament in Yankton this week.
GHS senior Caleb Meinke, son of Shelli and Danny, and eighth grader Cole Nafziger, son of Kris and Deb, along with Hoven High School freshman Ben Kreuger, son of Kyle and LaDeen.
The team is coached by Mr. Bradley Cihak. Watch the News next week for more from the tourney.

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Cyrilla Minnerath

minnerath squareCyrilla Minnerath, 94, Hoven, died Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the Oahe Manor of Gettysburg. Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, May 18, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Hoven, with Father Kevin Doyle, Celebrant. Burial followed at the Church Cemetery.
Cyrilla Susan Zweber, daughter of Anna (Koehn) and Peter Zweber, was born at a farm SE of Hoven on Sept.12, 1920. She attended school in Hoven through eighth grade and graduated from Lebanon High School. She then moved to California where she worked at a blouse factory for one year. She relocated to Hoven where she married Reynold J. Minnerath on June 24, 1943.  They settled on Reynold’s home farm six miles NW of Hoven. Reynold died Aug. 18, 2007 after which time Cyrilla moved into Hoven. Since October 2011, she had lived at the Oahe Manor.
Cyrilla was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, St. Anthony’s Altar Society, St. Mary’s Society, and the Hoven Extension Club. Most of her day in the summertime was spent in her garden. She was known for her “famous” dill pickles. There weren’t many church or community gatherings where they weren’t enjoyed. Some of her other joys were quilting, sewing, crocheting, and, in her later years, embroidery. Each of her grandchildren had a box of handmade gifts and treasures given to them which included everything from quilts to baby booties.
Cyrilla was blessed in life with many friends and was always ready for a good time. She loved music, laughter, and good cheer.   She and Reynold traveled extensively with two of their favorite trips being to Hong Kong and to California. Cyrilla cherished the time she spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by two sons, Arlyn (Ginny) Minnerath of Hoven and Dean (Karen) Minnerath of Watertown; her son-in-law Keith Kaup of Hoven; her sister Irene Davidson of Lake Forest, CA; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
In addition to Reynold, she was preceded in death by her father on Dec. 27, 1951, her mother on June 4, 1990, her daughter, Mary Ann Kaup, on March 19, 2014, and her brother, Ray Zweber, on Dec. 3, 2002.
Please visit to leave an online condolence or to view the tribute video.
Lien Funeral Home, Bowdle, is in charge of arrangements.

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Bough down…

treeIMG_0832When several inches of heavy, wet snow fell on Gettysburg Sunday night, folks spent the better part of the morning digging out on Monday. While it was too late to save many of the trees around town that had branches snapped, Jason Hanson was up early trying to brush off some of the heavy snow before it broke the boughs off the big evergreen trees in front of his house. The city crew hauled snow throughout the day, and by mid afternoon the temperatures were climbing and the sun was trying to shine, leaving a beautiful wet, sloppy mess that was welcomed after the dry spring.

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National Guard bridging exercise at East Whitlock on Saturday

This weekend is the annual Open House and Free Fishing weekend for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. This statewide event allows everyone free entrance to state parks and free fishing May 15 – 17.
During the three-day event, anglers can fish without a license anywhere in the state, and entrance fees are waived for all visitors to South Dakota’s state parks and recreation areas. Camping fees still apply. Fishing regulations and limits apply.
On Saturday, May 16, the South Dakota National Guard 200th MRBC will perform a bridging exercise at East Whitlock Recreation Area.
The group will spend the weekend camping at East Whitlock and conduct the exercises from the north boat ramp. The 200th will be launching bridge pontoons and constructing rafts and float bridge assets. The public can tour the encampment and ask questions about their exercise.
For more information, call West Whitlock Recreation Area at 605.765-9410.

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News closed Friday

The Potter County News office will be closed on Friday, May 15 so our staff may attend meetings.
Molly is never far from her phone, so if you need something leave a message at 769-1180 or at the office at 765-2464.

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City-wide cleanup this week

Clean up week in Gettysburg is underway through Friday, May 15.
The fees will be waived at the rubble site during the clean up week. Residents may haul rubble items to the site during that time. This city does ask that residents take out their own leaves and garden waste to the landfill.
Refrigerators and air conditions must have the freon removed and the item tagged before it can be accepted. No asphalt shingles, concrete, demolition debris, tires, or ag related products may be dumped.
It is recommended to use paper bags or boxes only if absolutely necessary, and plastic bags cannot be accepted at the rubble site.
The landfill will be open through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting, for residents to haul rubble.
If you cannot get items to the curb or have any questions regarding the clean up, contact the City Finance Office at 765-2264.

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Wet weekend lifts burn ban

The burn ban in Potter County has been lifted.
The word came from county Emergency Manager Cheryl Sautner on Monday morning, following a weekend of rain topped off by a heavy, wet snowfall.
Reports between one and a half and two inches of rain came in across the area on Sunday, with another four to five inches of snow on the ground by Monday morning. Although the heavy snow did damage to trees across town, leaving several branches snapped, the moisture was much needed and welcomed after a painfully dry winter and spring.
School had a late start on Monday morning due to the winter weather, but by mid afternoon the sun was out and the snow was melting. The city crew cleared the streets of the heavy slush, then plans got underway to start clearing branches.
The sheriff’s department said they had no reports of damage due to the weather.
-Molly McRoberts

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Police recommend locking doors

The Gettysburg Police Department had reports recently of attempts made to open doors of homes in during early morning hours between 3-4:30 a.m.
“While we have not had any break-ins or entry, we do want people to use good judgement and lock their doors at night,” said Police Chief Bill Wainman. He said it was believed the attempts were a case of mistaken location, but he also asked that the police be contacted if  anyone sees suspicious activity.

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